State Department computer glitch voids thousands of visa awards

A computer glitch has caused as many as 55,000 visas awarded under the State Department's 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery to be judged invalid, prompting a new selection process, reports NextGov.

Visa recipients are supposed to be chosen at random from applications submitted during a 30-day period by people from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. However, a glitch caused the computer to pick most of the names from the first two days of registration, the article states.

The State Department will conduct a new lottery from the existing applications and announce the winners on or about July 15.

About the Author

Connect with the FCW staff on Twitter @FCWnow.

Featured

  • IT Modernization
    shutterstock image By enzozo; photo ID: 319763930

    OMB provides key guidance for TMF proposals amid surge in submissions

    Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat details what makes for a winning Technology Modernization Fund proposal as agencies continue to submit major IT projects for potential funding.

  • gears and money (zaozaa19/Shutterstock.com)

    Worries from a Democrat about the Biden administration and federal procurement

    Steve Kelman is concerned that the push for more spending with small disadvantaged businesses will detract from the goal of getting the best deal for agencies and taxpayers.

Stay Connected